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Rescheduled date and time... Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 PM
Annual Bloom Memorial Lecture
Professor David N. Myers Chair, Department of History, UCLA
Topic: As American as Apple Pie? A Hasidic Shtetl in the Catskills
Kiryas Joel was founded in 1977 by Satmar Hasidim, who make up virtually all its 20,000 residents. The focus of widespread press attention and public criticism, Kiryas Joel challenges long held assumptions about the separation of church and state and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents. Prof. Myers' forthcoming book, American Shtetl: The Case of Kiryas Joel, New York, written with USC law professor Nomi Stolzenberg, is the first in depth study of this unique chapter in both American and Jewish history.
David N. Myers received his A.B. from Yale College in 1982, and undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard Universities before completing his doctorate at Columbia in 1991. He has served as director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies from 1996-2000 and 2004-2009. At UCLA, Myers teaches lectures and seminars in Jewish history. He has written extensively in the fields of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history, with a particular interest in the history of Jewish historiography. He has authored Re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History (Oxford: 1995), Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2003), and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (Brandeis University Press, 2008). Myers has edited six books, including The Jewish Past Revisited and Enlightenment and Diaspora: The Armenian and Jewish Cases.
Supported by the Bernard & Muriel Bloom Memorial Lecture Fund
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